Looking for an easy (and typically affordable) way to make a big statement with that could-be-special guy?
Whether you merely want to send the message that you're put together with a clean cut, or pile on the personality, we've rounded up some of our favorite shades for nailing that first (or twentieth) impression.
1. L'Oreal Paris Colour Riche Nail in Walk on the Beach, $5.99
The clear-coat or french manicure gets a mod makeover in a variety of buff beige shades. This flesh tone is subtle enough for a sporty day date, yet sophisticated enough for a romantic dinner for two.
2. OPI Nail Polish in All I Want for Christmas (Is OPI), $9
Show him you're red-y for anything (even love) with this bright idea from the Mariah Carey for OPI holiday collection. While red serves as a universal (-ly sexy, that is) shade, we recommend it for a little holiday party pick-me-up.
3. Scotch Naturals Nail Polish in Southern Charmer, $14.99
Bring on the bubbly (and the southern charm) with this soft-spoken shade from Scotch's eco-friendly line. It packs just enough sparkle to make any occasion feel special.
4. Deborah Lippmann Nail Polish in Cleopatra in New York, $19
Did someone say disco? This gold-flecked version of the vampy black polish is fit for a queen, and nights out in the city. (Here's hoping your date can keep up with those fancy feet.)
5. Revlon ColorStay Longwear Nail Enamel in Jungle, $7.99
Give new meaning to the term "green thumb" with this earthy (and trendy) tone. It's perfect for a day date to a local market or music festival.
6. Nails Inc. Gel Effect Polish in Kensington High Street, $14
Achieve plum-perfection with this luxe-looking (and long-lasting) shade, which is reserved enough for adding a touch of spice to everyday, yet rich enough for the wined and dined.
7. Essie Nail Polish in Lots of Lux, $8.50
Hue knew blue could be so chic? Saved for the adventure-seeker, this cool shade proves the perfect companion to a variety of winter activities (from ice-skating to snowboarding).